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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263518

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263518.001.0001

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Robert Graves and The White Goddess

Robert Graves and The White Goddess

Chatterton Lecture On Poetry

(p.272) (p.273) Robert Graves and The White Goddess
Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 131, 2004 Lectures

Fran Brearton

British Academy

This lecture discusses The White Goddess, a novel written by Robert Graves that was first published in May 1948. It is an intellectual and difficult book that has a toehold in many academic disciplines, including anthropology, literary studies, and Celtic studies. As an author, Graves has been described as the ‘bard’ of ‘an alternative society’ and as a ‘a unique figure in British literary life’. The lecture determines that The White Goddess can be both a help and a hindrance when it comes to looking at Graves' life and work. It also presents the literary techniques Graves used in the novel.

Keywords:   The White Goddess, Robert Graves, anthropology, literary studies, Celtic studies, literary techniques

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